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Daily social & tech headlines: It’s good to talk

My top pick today is a touching piece in The Atlantic about how we grieve on social media. It provides an important reminder that despite the diversity of technology around us, the core benefit is to bring us all closer together.

One particular quote on social media stood out:  “fomenting the grieving process…it sets it within the context of a community that comes together and says you are not alone. And that helps.” A wonderful thought that even in a darkest moment, the kind words of strangers can provide some light.

There’s not much more to say, other than urge you to check it out.

The Atlantic: How We Grieve on Social Media

Best of the rest:

ComputerWorld: Big data key to bringing hyperlocal weather forecasts to Georgia farmers

ForeignPolicy: Can Big Data Stop Wars Before They Happen?

Forbes: How Big Data Can Expand Financial Opportunities For The World’s Poor

Diginomica: A big data reality check – what the hell is the use case?

Forbes: Bank Clients Want Social Media Account Access

BusinessInsider: Social Media Ad Budgets Are Rapidly Shifting To Native, In-Stream Advertising

AdAge: Red Bull Social Media Chief Nate Warner Departs

TechCrunch: The Return Of Reddit’s /r/Technology Is “Certainly Possible”

TheWire: Elon Musk’s Space X Claims an ‘Evolutionary’ Breakthrough in Rocket Technology

MIT: Using Ultrasound to Feel Virtual Objects

TIME: Here’s How Technology Is Destroying Your Sleep

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